• Ten Models to Watch From the American Collections – WWD

    Freshly named the American Collections this season, what was formerly known as New York Fashion Week reimagined how we experience fashion shows. Many, if not all, of the shows were viewed from the comfort of our homes, whether it be via a fashion film, digital look or in some cases both. The long-established fashion show, with a packed audience of editors, stylists, retailers, influencers and celebrities, appears to be a thing of the past — at least for the time being.

    One factor that has remained constant are models, but even they have had to adapt to the changes. Before, all it took was one stellar show season to put a model on the map, but with COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place for many countries, casting of fashion films and look books has begun to evolve as well, opening up a channel of possibilities for other talent to shine and be noticed, and not just relying on the traditional sea of talent of supermodels.

    The fall 2019 season saw the biggest jump ever in terms of racial diversity, and with NYFW being one of the most diverse when it comes to casting. That trend has fortunately continued, with models of different race, ethnicity and body shapes walking the New York runways this season.

    Below, we round up the top newcomers making their mark and to keep an eye out for:

    1. Alexis Brookins

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Taylor, Mich.

    Agency: Supreme

    Still fairly new to the New York runway scene, Alexis walked for Gabriela Hearst’s fall 2021 show. Previous runway stints include Ulla Johnson’s spring 2021 show, Theory and Private Policy’s fall 2020 shows.

    Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021

    Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

    2. LouLou Westlake

    Age: 18

    Hometown: Manhattan, N.Y.

    Agency: Heroes

    LouLou made her official debut last year for Nike’s 2020 forum show, as well as Ulla Johnson’s spring 2021 show. She returned this season to walk once again for Ulla Johnson’s fall show.

    Ulla Johnson RTW Fall 2021

    Ulla Johnson RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Ulla Johnson

    3. Olivia Novak

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Houston

    Agency: The Society Management

    The Houston-native returns to walk once again for Proenza Schouler’s fall 2021 show (her debut for the brand was for their fall 2020 show), one of the most sought after bookings of any model. Previous appearances include walking for the likes of Tory Burch, JW Anderson and Off-White during her debut in fall 2020.

    Proenza Schouler RTW Fall 2021

    Proenza Schouler RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

    4. Ling Bol

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Windham, Maine

    Agency: State Management

    Ling made her New York debut for Jason Wu’s fall show (one of only two shows that had a physical audience). Ling has also appeared in Carolina Herrera’s pre-fall 2021 look book and a special project for Proenza Schouler’s white label social media campaign, shot by Lazaro Hernandez.

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021 
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    5. Katie Johnson

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

    Agency: State Management

    Katie has been in the fashion lens since 2019, walking almost exclusively for every single Gucci show since spring 2020, as well as various Gucci eyewear ad campaigns, pre-fall look books and most recently, Gucci’s collaboration with The North Face’s ad campaign. For her New York debut, she walked for Gabriela Hearst.

    Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021

    Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

    6. Lisa Han

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Shymkent, Kazakhstan

    Agency: The Lions

    New to the NYFW runway scene, Han walked for Jason Wu’s socially distanced show. Some other notable shows under her belt include Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2020 show, as well as their Alta Moda spring 2021 show and Ambush’s spring 2021 look book.

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021 
    Masato Onoda/WWD

    7. Lya Quinones

    Age: 17

    Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

    Agency: IMG

    A true local talent, Lya marked her runway debut in her hometown for power brands, including Jason Wu’s socially distanced runway show and Khaite’s fall fashion film.

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021 
    Masato Onoda/WWD

    8. Emmie Nielsen

    Age: 19

    Hometown: San Diego

    Agency: IMG

    The young model made her first step onto the New York runway scene by walking Jason Wu’s fall show and was featured in Sandy Liang’s fall 2021 look book.

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021

    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021 
    Masato Onoda/WWD

    9. Jayden Jackson

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Hudson, N.Y.

    Agency: IMG

    Jackson made his NYFW debut for Prabal Gurung’s fall look book.

    Prabal Gurung RTW Fall 2021

    Prabal Gurung RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

    10. Ella Emhoff

    Age: 21

    Hometown: New York, N.Y.

    Agency: IMG

    Her name has resonated with the fashion industry since her appearance at the presidential inauguration. The stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, she donned a Miu Miu tartan coat with crystal-encrusted shoulders and a dramatic pilgrim collar over a burgundy dress by New York designer Batsheva at the big event, making her the biggest surprise debut. Emhoff was featured as an exclusive for Proenza Schouler’s fall collection. The Parsons student also appeared on the cover of Dust Magazine’s latest issue, shot by Collier Schorr, which was released during NYFW.

    Proenza Schouler RTW Fall 2021

    Proenza Schouler RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

    But models weren’t the only one to partake in the fashion festivities, as we also took notice of a handful of new and familiar celebrity faces, including Dorinda Medley (a former cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City), singer Justine Skye and Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman of “Saturday Night Live,” who were spotlighted in Christian Cowan’s fall designs.

    Other notable appearances included plus-size model and sustainability advocate, Paloma Elsesser or Gabriela Hearst, and Tavi Gevinson and Megan Thee Stallion partook in Stuart Vevers’ second “Coach Forever” effort, which also included more than 18 additional personalities including Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan and Kaia Gerber.

    Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021

    Justine Skye for Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021 
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    Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021

    Dorinda Medley for Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021 
    Adrienne Raquel/Courtesy of Chri

     

    Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021

    Bowen Yang for Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021 
    Adrienne Raquel/Courtesy of Chri

     

    Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021

    Chloe Fineman for Christian Cowan RTW Fall 2021 
    Adrienne Raquel/Courtesy of Chri

     

    Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021

    Paloma Elsesser for Gabriela Hearst RTW Fall 2021 
    Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

     

    Coach RTW Fall 2021

    Megan Thee Stallion for Coach RTW Fall 2021 

     

     

  • Watch Rick Astley Rock Out to Slipknot’s ‘Duality’

    It’s never too late for a delayed Christmas present and thanks to Rick Astley’s TikTok account, we’ve got the video you never knew you needed to see. Yes, that’s a trench coated Astley rocking guitar along to Slipknot’s “Duality.”

    Since launching his TikTok account in 2020, Astley has delivered a number of wonderfully bizarre clips playing along to well-known pop, rock and alternative songs, but to kick off 2021 in early January, the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer and RickRoll king brought the heavy by rocking along to Slipknot’s Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) classic. The clip also finds Astley sporting sunglasses and playing against a desert-themed backdrop. Watch and enjoy.

    The deep-voiced red-headed vocalist ruled the pop world in the late ’80s and early ’90s with hits from four studio albums. But it was his breakout song “Never Gonna Give You Up” that has stood the test of time and kept Astley in the spotlight as social media grew and “Rickrolling” – the act of teasing a video online only to replace it with Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” clip – became a popular prank. After a lengthy layoff from recording, Astley returned with new music in 2001 and has recorded sporadically ever since.

    Despite being known for his pop hits, the singer has shown his love for harder music over the years. He’s performed a live mashup with Foo Fighters and covered their music in the past and he’s also added a pretty killer cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” into shows as well.

    Astley’s TikTok account has gotten off to an entertaining start with the singer aping along to songs from Foo Fighters, MGMT, The Strokes and Pet Shop Boys and actually covering an R.E.M. favorite.

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  • How to Watch, Nominees List, What to Know – WWD

    The 2021 awards season is kicking off later this month with the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.

    Like other awards shows that have taken place amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes will be a hybrid in-person and remote ceremony. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be stationed at New York City’s Rainbow Room and the Beverly Hilton Hotel, respectively, with nominees appearing virtually.

    From the list of nominees and presenters to the controversies surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Golden Globes.

    When are the 2021 Golden Globes?

    The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. EST. The show will be broadcast live by NBC.

    The awards show is typically held in January, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

    Who is hosting the 2021 Golden Globes?

    Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time. The comedy duo previously hosted the awards ceremony for three years in a row starting in 2013.

    Where will the 2021 Golden Globes be held?  

    Because of the pandemic, the Golden Globes will be a bicoastal show with Poehler based at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles — where the ceremony has traditionally been held — and Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

    Who is nominated for the 2021 Golden Globes? 

    2021 Golden Globes: How to Watch, What to Know

    Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Viola Davis are among the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globes. 
    AP

    Nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes were released on Feb. 3 with Netflix leading the pack with 42 nominations across TV and film. Two of its films were nominated for best motion picture drama: “Mank,” which received six total nominations, and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which received five total nominations.

    In the television category, Netflix’s “The Crown” received six nominations, including best television drama and two best actress in a drama series nominations for Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin, who play Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, respectively.

    See the full list of 2021 Golden Globes nominations here.

    What are the controversies surrounding the nominations list and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is behind the awards show, received immediate backlash for its 2021 Golden Globes nominations list, which lacked heavily in diversity across its major categories. Most notably, the nominations list didn’t include several critically acclaimed Black-led films and TV shows in its top honors, such as “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “I May Destroy You.”

    The backlash came from viewers and industry insiders, including “Emily in Paris” writer Deborah Copaken, who wrote an op-ed for The Guardian after her show was nominated, explaining her outrage over “I May Destroy You” being snubbed by the HFPA.

    “My fury is not just about race. Or even about racial representation in art,” she wrote. “Yes, we need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators.

    The Los Angeles Times shed light on the HFPA’s glaring oversight with its nominations list in a Feb. 21 article that revealed there are no Black journalists among its 87 members.

    The publication also revealed that the organization has a history of shady finances, with board members allowed to receive lavish perks from movie studios and networks.

    For instance, the Times’ report reveals that over 30 HFPA members were flown out to France in 2019 to visit the set of “Emily in Paris” and were treated to a two-night stay at the Peninsula Paris Hotel, where rooms start at $1,400 a night. The Netflix show received two nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes.

    The report also reveals the organization has been paying its members increasingly large amounts that “some experts say could run afoul of Internal Revenue Service guidelines.” HFPA members received roughly $2 million in compensation in its fiscal year ending in June 2020, which was more than double the level from three years earlier.

    Which celebrities are presenting awards?

    The Golden Globes revealed its first list of presenters on Feb. 17, which includes several past winners and nominees. Celebrity presenters include Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Renée Zellweger and Annie Mumolo.

    The HFPA said in January that its 2021 Golden Globes ambassadors will be Satchel and Jackson Lee, the children of director Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee. This marks the first time in the show’s history that two siblings of color are taking on the role. The Lee siblings will help give out the awards and will raise awareness for the charities Callen-Lorde, which provides health care to the LGBTQ+ community, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which works to empower youth.

    Who is receiving honorary awards?

    The HFPA is awarding its Cecil B. DeMille award to Jane Fonda this year. The association’s third Carol Burnett Award, which recognizes accomplishments in television, will go to actor Norman Lear. 

    Will there be an in-person ceremony?

    Like other awards shows that have taken place during the pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes will be a hybrid in-person and remote telecast.

    According to a report by Variety, Golden Globes producers have asked presenters to appear in person at the Rainbow Room or Beverly Hilton, following the practice seen at last year’s Emmy Awards. It is expected that nominees will appear virtually.

    Will there be a pre-show?

    “HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live” will air before the 2021 Golden Globes starting at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Golden Globes Twitter account. The 90-minute pre-show will be hosted by actress Sofia Carson and “Access Hollywood” reporter Zuri Hall, who will conduct celebrity interviews virtually. It is unclear if there will be any red carpet coverage.

    How can I watch the 2021 Golden Globes?

    Viewers can watch the 2021 Golden Globes live on NBC, on the NBC website or app.

    The awards show can also be streamed through services such as Hulu+, AT&T TV Now, Fubo TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Locast.

    Read more here:

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  • Watch BTS perform ‘Life Goes On’ in ‘MTV Unplugged’ teaser

    Ahead of BTS‘ coveted appearance on MTV Unplugged this week, the music network has released a taste of the K-pop sensations performing their song ‘Life Goes On’.

    Lifted from their November 2020 album ‘BE’, BTS are seen giving a seated performance of the album’s lead single in a sneak preview dropped by MTV via Youtube yesterday (February 19).

    The performance will feature as part of BTS’ MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS special, set to premiere this Wednesday February 24 at 2am GMT (Tuesday February 23, 9pm ET).

    BTS’ instalment of Unplugged was filmed in Seoul, South Korea, and will feature songs from ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’ as well as tracks from their back catalogue.

    Watch the sneak peek of ‘Life Goes On’ below:

    BTS have had cause to celebrate in other areas lately. The group recently topped Twitter’s list of most popular artists for the fourth consecutive year.

    The annual survey revealed BTS were the most tweeted-about musicians in America, beating out Kanye West, Beyoncé and Drake for the most mentions on Twitter last year.

    Four of the Top 10 musicians on the list were K-pop groups.

    BTS rapper J-hope recently marked his 27th birthday with a donation of ₩150million (roughly £96,500) to Korean charity, ChildFund.

    “I heard that the number of families in vulnerable situations is increasing significantly due to the prolonged COVID-19 crisis, and support for disabled children is urgently needed,” J-Hope said in a statement at the time.

    “I hope this donation will further expand social interest in supporting children with disabilities.”

  • Watch Big Thief debut new song ‘Simulation Swarm’ on Instagram

    Big Thief have shared a working version of a new song, ‘Simulation Swarm’, to their Instagram.

    The track is played in full on acoustic guitar by frontwoman Adrianne Lenker, and was recorded in March 2020 according to the caption. It also notes the band are “still working on this one”. The arpeggiated acoustic guitar has a  hypnotic, knotty quality to it, while Lenker sings the chorus refrain: “From the 31st floor of the simulation swarm“.

    It’s the first hint of full-band material since the release of ‘Love In Mine’ in Spring last year, an outtake from the sessions for 2019’s ‘Two Hands’.

    Watch the clip below.

    Last year was dedicated to solo projects for almost all of Big Thief’s members. Lenker released the solo companion records ‘songs’ and ‘instrumentals’; drummer James Krivchenia shared an ambient album entitled ‘A New Found Relaxation’, and guitarist Buck Meek shared the solo album ‘Two Saviours’ last month.

    In April, they also released a five-track album of unreleased demos to support their road crew. It featured three completely unheard songs, along with two full-band reworkings of songs from Lenker’s 2018 debut solo album ‘abysskiss’.

    In 2019, the band released the two-punch studio albums ‘U.F.O.F.’ and ‘Two Hands’.

  • Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing Foo Fighters With Powerhouse Vocals

    Kelly Clarkson is known for her strong pipes. So it makes sense that Foo Fighters’ classic “Times Like These” — a rockin’ vocal powerhouse — would be a tune she’d cover. And she did just that on Wednesday’s episode of her namesake daytime variety show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

    Presumably performed in synergistic honor of the Foo Fighters’ new album, released earlier this month, Clarkson belted the One by One hit as part of her program’s entertaining “Kellyoke” segment. That’s the section of the show where Clarkson puts her unique spin on others’ songs.

    Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.

    These days, Clarkson’s more known for her country-pop leanings and TV hosting duties than rock music. Still, as longtime listeners likely remember, the first season American Idol winner emerged from that show as more of a pop-rock artist before she branched off into different styles.

    But no matter what she’s singing, it’d be remiss to say that Clarkson doesn’t nail it when she tries. That’s probably why her “Times Like These” take, backed by a band that plays it similar to the original Foo Fighters track, sounds pretty effortless — she inhabits the song in spades.

    After all, Clarkson’s had plenty of practice covering fellow performers. Although, again, it mostly leans country. In the past, she’s used The Kelly Clarkson Show‘s “Kellyoke” spot to reel off cover versions of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Deana Carter, Billy Currington, the Chicks and more.

    Medicine at Midnight, the Foos’ 10th studio album, is out now. Its Feb. 5 release was preceded by the singles “Waiting on War,” “No Son of Mine” and “Shame Shame.” On Feb. 10, the band was included among the 2021 nominees for potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Kelly Clarkson Covers Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” – Feb. 17, 2021

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  • How to Watch – WWD

    Jason Wu is kicking off New York Fashion Week on Sunday with an in-person, socially distant runway show held at his Wu’s General Store concept.

    Wu’s General Store concept is based on a 1950s-era utopian farmers’ market general store. It will feature thousands of items, such as fresh food and vegetables provided by The Chef’s Warehouse, which will later be donated to City Harvest to feed those in need.

    “Mr. Wu’s General Store is my fantasy store,” Wu told WWD. “It’s so special because I love food.” During quarantine last year, Wu shared his love of food on Instagram by launching his @MrWuEats food diary.

    Wu’s fall 2021 runway show will be produced by IMG Focus and will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. He is one of the few designers putting on a live show this fashion week. His audience will be made up of roughly 20 to 25 people and the show will feature 30 models.

    The designer’s show will be livestreamed exclusively by IMG on its NYFW.com website. Viewers can access the runway show livestream directly at nyfw.com/JasonWu-Feb2021 or through the Jason Wu Instagram page.

    Read more here:

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  • Watch The Weeknd’s Super Bowl half-time performance in full

    The Weeknd performed during the Super Bowl half-time show last night (February 7) – scroll down the page to watch it in full now.

    The Canadian musician joined the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as Super Bowl performers, and became the first Canadian to perform solo at the American football event.

    The Weeknd began his set by appearing from between two halves of the stage, which was built into the stands of the stadium. During the under 15-minute performance, he played songs from throughout his career, including ‘Save Your Tears’ and ‘Blinding Lights’ from his latest album ‘After Hours’, 2015 hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and a clip of 2011 track ‘House Of Balloons’.

    Although the star wasn’t joined by any special guests for the performance – as he confirmed ahead of the show – he was accompanied by a choir, backing band and horde of dancers. The latter were all dressed in matching red jackets and face bandages, much like The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ character.

    Watch The Weeknd’s Super Bowl half-time show in full below now.

    The Weeknd played:

    ‘Starboy’
    ‘The Hills’
    ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
    ‘I Feel It Coming’
    ‘Save Your Tears’
    ‘Earned It’
    ‘House Of Balloons’
    ‘Blinding Lights’

     

    According to the musician, he put $7million (£5.1m) of his own money into the production, which was performed completely live. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it had been speculated that all or parts of the performance may be pre-recorded.

    Meanwhile, H.E.R. also performed at the Super Bowl, taking to the stands before the game kicked off. There, she sang the patriotic song ‘America The Beautiful’, complete with a massive guitar solo.

  • How to Watch, What to Know – WWD

    Super Bowl LV is going forward on Sunday with several highly anticipated performances.

    The 2021 Super Bowl halftime show will be headlined by The Weeknd, who is performing for a crowd a third of its normal size due to COVID-19 safety precautions. While the musician hasn’t shared many details on his upcoming performance, he revealed that he spent $7 million to help produce the show.

    The Weeknd isn’t the only buzzy performance of the night. The Super Bowl pregame show will include performances by the likes of Miley Cyrus, H.E.R. and poet Amanda Gorman, who went viral for her moving performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month.

    Here, WWD breaks down everything you can expect at the Super Bowl halftime show and other pregame performances. Read on for more.

    When and where is the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show?

    The 2021 Super Bowl is taking place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by CBS. The halftime show will begin after the first two quarters, approximately at 8:30 p.m.

    Who is performing at the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show?

    The Weeknd will be this year’s headliner, following last year’s highly acclaimed performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

    What will The Weeknd’s performance look like?

    During a press conference held virtually on Thursday, The Weeknd revealed that his performance will take place primarily in the stands at the stadium due to COVID-19 safety precautions. He revealed that he’s contributed $7 million to produce the show.

    The Weeknd has not released his set list for the performance, which will run for 12 to 13 minutes, but it is expected that he will perform popular songs from his 2020 album, “After Hours,” such as “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.” He is also expected to perform some of his hit songs he recently compiled in his album released on Feb. 5 named “The Highlights.”

    Will any other performers join The Weeknd for the halftime show?

    No other performers have been revealed for the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show. In the past, however, it’s been tradition for headliners to bring on surprise performers. This happened most famously in 2013, when headliner Beyoncé brought her fellow Destiny’s Child members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, on stage.

    Leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl, many fans have been speculating that The Weeknd will be bringing on past collaborators like Ariana Grande or Rosalía as a special guest, however, the musician squashed these rumors during Thursday’s NFL press conference.

    “I’ve been reading a lot of rumors,” he said. “There wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative and the story I was telling in the performance. So, there’s no special guests, no.”

    Who is performing at the 2021 Super Bowl pregame show?

    Super Bowl Halftime Show: How to Watch The Weeknd and Other Performers

    Miley Cyrus and Amanda Gorman 
    AP

    The NFL is teaming with TikTok for its first NFL TikTok Tailgate starting at 2:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed on the NFL’s TikTok account and broadcast by CBS. The show will be headlined by Miley Cyrus, who will perform for a crowd of health care workers. Cyrus gave a look at how she’s preparing for the performance on her Instagram, showing her working out while singing her new song “Plastic Hearts.”

    Poet laureate Amanda Gorman will also perform during the Super Bowl pregame show. Gorman, who became a national sensation after performing her original poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration last month, will be reciting another original poem that recognizes three honorary captains chosen by the NFL.

    Will there be any other performances?

    The national anthem will be performed by R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan and country musician Eric Church. R&B singer, H.E.R., will also perform “American the Beautiful.”

    How can I watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show?

    Viewers can watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show and pregame show performances on CBS, CBSsports.com and on the CBS Sports app.

    For viewers without a cable subscription, the Super Bowl can be streamed through providers like Hulu+, AT&T TV Now, YouTubeTV, Fubo TV, Sling TV and Locast.

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  • Watch Bully perform lockdown cover of PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’

    Bully (aka Alicia Bognanno) has performed a cover of PJ Harvey‘s ‘Dry’ – you can watch it below.

    Recorded for ‘Songs That Found Me At The Right Time’, a campaign launched by mental health organisation Sounds Of Saving, the singer-songwriter explained why the 1993 track means so much to her.

    “It’s kind of everything put together, but really just those guitar chords, like the way that they’re played, kind of the pattern that they’re played, and the way they’re strummed really resonates with me. It’s super powerful.” she said during an interview segment before her performance.

    “And then her vocal delivery is always just unbelievable. There was a point in time where I was just listening to that on repeat and I felt like it was the only thing that made me feel really good. I really appreciate that song.”

    Watch Bully’s cover of ‘Dry’ (starting around the 4:58 mark) below:

    Elsewhere during the interview, Bully talked about her struggles with Bipolar 2 disorder.

    “A lot of musicians, like myself, are sober and dealing with mental health. I think it’s 85 per cent of artists, or something, struggle with mental health,” she said. “I have a link on my fridge for a suicide prevention hotline because you never know when people are going to need that. And people aren’t really vocal about it, so that should be readily available at all times.”

    She continued: “I mean, that’s one of the most difficult things for people to talk about and I know for me, this isn’t realistic for everybody, but my dog that I’ve had for 11 years – I have another one now – but having her as a therapy dog has changed my life. Now, she’s a certified emotional support dog but when I got her, she wasn’t. She has been a reason to get to the next day on a number of different occasions.”

    Last year, Bully released her third album ‘SUGAREGG’. In a four-star review, NME‘s Dannii Leivers called it a “killer record” and noted that she stays firmly in the same “distorted sweet spot” as her previous projects.